Food law is a dynamic area of law, heavily influenced by developments at an EU level. Over the years the course has recruited students from all over the globe and from many different backgrounds. A typical student may be an Environmental Health Officer, or work in the food industry, or be a practising lawyer or a consultant.
As such the course is specifically designed for lawyers and non-legal professionals with interests in the food law field, particularly those involved in the food industry.

Many students have a great deal of practical knowledge of food law and the impetus for studying the course is to obtain a qualification which confirms the breadth and depth of this existing knowledge and to have the opportunity to look behind the law in order to address underlying policy issues.

This unique programme in Food Law will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating food
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes.
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the LLM in 15 months

Programme structure

The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 14th-16th September 2018, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2018 through to the end of December 2018 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2019, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2020, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of food law.

Module choices

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

Core Module

  • Food Law in the UK and EU

Optional Modules

  • Food Consumer Protection Law
  • Food Marketing Law
  • Food Safety Law
  • Food Sources Protection Law
  • Negotiated Study Module

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

Ideal for

This course is designed for a large variety of senior professionals in:

• food production
• manufacturing
• processing
• consulting
• hygiene firms, and
• representatives from industry associations and regulatory bodies

The course is also ideal for lawyers in private practice law firms and in-house.

Flexible study options

The Food Law course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Food Law modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

  • Sports Law
  • Business Law / International Business Law
  • Environmental Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights Law

Available modules from other courses include:

Aspects of Discrimination in Business; Consumer Law; Intellectual Property Law; Event Management; Public Procurement Law and Practice; Expert Evidence and International Law; Health and Safety Law; Planning Law; Environmental Crime; Nuclear Law and Environmental Assessments.

To gain an award in Food Law, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Food Law modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Food Law. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.

BREXIT update

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

Both companies based in the UK and those wishing to import into the UK will likely be affected by Brexit. De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

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Last updated November 21, 2018
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